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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 17, 2008 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

You hit the nail on the head Rob. Whatever anyone thinks, one thing that seems like a fact to me is that Hornsby was the ONLY keyboardist that played and acted like an equal rather than a sideman and it was more than obvious that Jerry thought the same.

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Jan 17, 2008 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

That might have something to do with Hornsby having a career of his own . He didn't need them. And, though I am simply speculating, unlike Keith and Brent, Hornsby did not have a self destructive drug habit ( I could be wrong, but I doubt it).

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

" That might have something to do with Hornsby having a career of his own . He didn't need them. "

I think so too. Funny but I was DREADING the first show with Bruce, thought it was a sign of the band getting all yuppie wussed out and losing their edge like Clapton or Bonnie Raitt. I had seen Bruce with the Range open for John Fogerty. While I did like his big hit ( still do ) "the way it is" , his set was BORING.So I was expecting that infliction. What I got instead was to hear the band re-energized and I got to hear the band with the awesome grand that I had missed never getting to see them with Keith and without all the synthesizers. I have a personal preference to the tone and sound of piano rather than keyboards. I've never been a fan of keyboards, they tend to over power. I only like keys as any kind of lead when it's piano. Anyway, Bruce blew me away. Acted like he belonged there. The way he did it wasn't like a jerk but a good confidence that served the music well.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Jan 17, 2008 9:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

i heard he has an out of control foot fetish.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Here's why Hornsby slotted in to the dead, John - he had the same mindset.(This is from Bruce's website.)


"I've always liked the group of fans that we've drawn from the Grateful Dead time, because those fans are often adventurous music listeners," Hornsby admits. "To be creative, spontaneous in the moment and make music in the present tense, that's what we're all about live. I write the songs, we make the records and then the records become a departure point, the basic blueprint, the basic arrangement. I'm fairly restless creatively. I was never a very good Top 40 band guy because I never liked to play the same thing every time. Too often songwriters approach their songs like museum pieces. I don't subscribe to that. I think of my songs as living beings that evolve and change and grow through the years."

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Hey Rob, that might be but I think him playing with the GD had a lot to do with that too. Or at least brought it out more. All I know is that I saw him in 86 or so with the Range and it wasn't anything like his playing now. Kind of slow and boring. In any case he was a fantastic addition to the band. Wish they wouldn't have been so fast to make a pick on Vince. I don't give a crap about the high harmonies, I cared about the sound.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

I agree with you that Hornsby found his freedom and improved a hundred percent after cutting loose from the Range. He probably got as much out of playing with the Dead as they got from having him onboard. The thing is that, like Jerry, he is a world class one of a kind musician and he pushed the band when Jerry no longer had the energy to do it.

I don't know how you're fixed for downloading these days but I have a couple of really nice Hornsby shows you might like. Let me know.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 18, 2008 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

You guys are right. His first 2 albums were basically hits records with singles meant for airplay. They both contained Huey Lewis produced tunes/productions. Bruce rarely plays any tunes from these albums anymore. A shame because there are some good songs. It wasn't until Night on the town where Bruce turned the corner. No coincidence that jerry, joe henderson, Bela Fleck, ect were invloved in that album. With that said, Hornsby was doing Dead and Elton john covers in concert in the early days to spread out creatively.

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